Operational for more than 25 years, the Mental Health Association in Orange County is a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of services to people with mental illnesses and their family members. It supports several programs, such as Compeer, Community Backyard, Family Advocacy Network and Northside Community Garden. Compeer is a model mental health organization with over 100 affiliates in the United States, Canada and Australia. The Family Advocacy Network works on collaborative projects with other area agencies to create training opportunities for parents that prepare them to appropriately cope and make decisions about their child s treatment and other needs. The Mental Health Association in Orange County maintains a location in Carrboro, N.C.